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Tutor Training and Certification Topics

The Learning Resources Center’s (LRC) Tutorial Service is internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC). CRLA is “an international oganization of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, and tutorial services at the college level. Its members promote the implementation of innovative strategies to enhance student learning”. The certification sets professional standards for tutoring services, including specialized training and evaluation to ensure that all tutors are trained in the most effective methods of tutoring. Furthermore, the certification established that we are qualified to certify tutors at three levels---Level 1-Regular, Level 2-Advanced, and Level 3-Master. The purpose of a certified program is twofold. First, the certification process sets the standard for the skills and training a successful tutor needs to facilitate the students’ learning process and to promote an interactive and collaborative learning experience. Second, it provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization. Being certified as a tutor provides individual tutors with transferable skills recognized at universities and colleges worldwide. Tutor certification is a marketable skill and provides a credential which many tutors should include on their resumes and college applications, or when they transfer to another college and look for tutoring opportunities, or if they desire to do private tutoring and are asked to provide a credential. Certification by CRLA’s ITTPC is endorsed by the National Association for Developmental Education, Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association, the American Council of Developmental Education Associations, the Association for the Tutoring Professional and the National Tutoring Association.​



The CU Denver LRC is committed to creating life-long learning practices for all students including tutors. The LRC offers tutors a comprehensive International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) training program by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) that is based on internationally accepted skills, knowledge and standards. It is designed to provide tutors with applicable theories, best research-based practices and strategies, and hands-on leadership/professional development and personal growth opportunities.

Criteria for LRC tutors receiving certification is based on overall satisfactory performance in all evaluative areas, completion of required training hours and topics, cumulative tutored hours, application of tutoring concepts and techniques and others.

The Level 3 training topics are designed with the goals of enhancing the tutors’ tutoring skills and advancing their responsibilities at the LRC and the CU Denver community. It is to provide tutors with applicable theories, best practices, and hands-on professional development and personal growth opportunities that will aid tutors as professionals in their career paths.​​

Tutors who meet all the requirements and standards are eligible to be certified at three levels:

Level 1: Certified Tutor                                                                                                           

Level 2: Advanced Certified Tutor                                                                                          

Level 3: Master Certified Tutor

The Learning Resources Center reserves the right to revoke a tutor’s certification should it be found that the tutor fails to adhere to or violates any of the requirements, standards of professionalism, Code of Ethics, academic integrity and/or CU Denver’s employee Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct.​

ITTPC Reviewer’s Comments:

“This program has the most aggressive training schedule I have seen. The number of training courses offered is impressive.”

“Superb program. Well thought out, and extremely comprehensive. One of the best I have reviewed."

“Well established program with strong commitment to employees’ professional growth. Focus on impact of training beyond time spent within the program.”

“Program has a well thought out and developed L3 training format.”

“Good variety of topics and opportunities for tutors to match personal/professional interests with program needs.”

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